Purpose: This study tested three psychosocial measures for their potential to serve as counseling goals for promoting ART to transgender women living with HIV (TWLH).
Methods: Among 69 TWLH, 17.4% were not taking ART; these volunteers were compared to the remainder using multivariate regression analyses.
Results: Only one psychosocial measure achieved significance: Personal Competence (Adjusted Odds Ratio = 0.80, 95% CI = 0.67–0.97, P = 0.02). Because this was a continuous measure, assessed on a 7-point scale, the protective adjusted odds ratio of 0.80 represents a 20% reduction in the odds of not taking ART for each unit of increase in this construct.
Conclusion: Findings suggest a potential counseling goal for TWLH not taking ART.
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Funding was provided, in part, by the first author's Good Samaritan Endowment.
Crosby, Richard A.; Salazar, Laura F.; and Hill, Brandon J., "Correlates of Not Using Antiretroviral Therapy Among Transwomen Living with HIV: The Unique Role of Personal Competence" (2018). Health, Behavior & Society Faculty Publications. 20.